Is Your Body the Perfect Host for the Big “C?” Yes, CANCER! Part 1: pH

-By Hertha J. Woodruff, A.M.L.S., M.A.


“Remembering You”

Your time on earth seemed all too brief
because I wanted you in my life forever.
And although I really miss you,
in my heart I know that you are at peace.
Still, countless times throughout the day
I find myself remembering you.
Although I cannot see or hear you,
I know that you are with me.
I’ll feel you in the warmth of the summer sun.
I’ll see you in the brilliance of autumn leaves.
You’ll be beside me in the peacefulness of a gentle snowfall
And rejoice with me at the emergence
of the first flowers of spring.
I’m thankful for the times we shared
and the priceless memories too;
For those memories are a comfort now when I lovingly –
Remember You.

Anonymous Author

I wanted to preface the next installment of the Health and Nutrition Blog post with this poem from the 2008 National Dental Association conference held in Detroit, Michigan.  It was read aloud by the national chaplain, Helen Polite, of the Auxiliary to the National Dental Association at a necrology service.

I dedicate this poem to the numerous personal family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues who have passed away with cancer and touched my life.

My biggest life-changing experience occurred when I lost my mother to cancer five years ago during the month of September.  I mentioned this in My Vegan Journey introduction that I became a vegan during September 2006 when my mother died and am now convinced from my research, books that I have read and classes that I have taken, that a planted-based diet can prevent and reverse cancer and other major diseases.


SAD – Standard American Diet

Do you eat the Standard American Diet (SAD)?  What is your diet like?  Does your typical breakfast include eggs, cheese an omelette, sausage, bacon, ham, cheese, butter, white flour pancakes, white flour waffles, white toast, white bagels, syrup, sugared dry cereal, coffee and milk?  Does your lunch consist of fast food such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, a shake and pop?  Or, does your lunch have items such as meat, fish, seafood, luncheon meat, white bread for sandwiches and dairy?  How are your dinner choices?  Do you include meat, fish, seafood, gravy, white pasta noodles, white rice, white potatoes, white rolls, macaroni and cheese, milk, cake, pie?  How are your snacks?  Do you like chips, cookies, candy, packaged snack foods, popcorn, drink sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages?  All of the above foods and beverages are foods that are called the Standard American Diet (SAD).  These food choices are acidic in nature and weaken the immune system.  As a result of this consumption of SAD, the human body can become an open host for possible cancer and other maladies.  The human diet desperately needs plant-based food that include fresh fruits and vegetables especially leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, etc., to make the body more alkaline.  In order for your body to be healthy, it must have an acid-alkaline balance.  Without this balance, your body can be subject to cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  As a result, a person could begin to experience a lack of energy.  In addition, the process of aging could begin to set in with facial wrinkles, stiffness of joints, gray hair, etc.  The reverse with a plant-based diet could actually be like taking a magical potion from the imaginary Fountain of Youth and living life with exuberance.  Do you prefer to feel and look refreshed or have the opposite effect?  Take your pick!


What on Earth is pH?? 

The Acid Alkaline Food Guide by Dr. Susan E. Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr., is a handy, quick reference guide.  The guide indicates that pH was defined back in 1909 by Danish biochemist, Soren Peter Lauritz Sorensen, as the potential for hydrogen.  pH measures the concentration of hydrogen ions in fluids.  Therefore pH can measure if a person’s body fluids are more alkaline, acidic or neutral.  A scale of 0 – 14 is how pH is measured.  If you have a measurement at 7, it is neutral.  If it is above 7, your body is more alkaline.  If it is lower than 7, your body is acidic.  The goal is to strive for an acid-alkaline balance of about 7.365 to 7.45 to be at optimal health.  When you are below this range, your body is acidic and open for illness.  The guide has an extensive section that identifies common foods that are either acidic or alkaline.  It also has a great glossary and bibliography.


How Can I Measure pH in the Privacy of My Home?

There are pH strips that resemble litmus strips that diabetics use to measure blood sugar levels that I found at the David Wolfe Raw seminar in Royal Oak, Michigan, in August 2011.  I was fortunate to get a few sample packets when I purchased a product.  I tried them with saliva and found them quite simple to use.  A reading can be made in 15 seconds.  pH strips are reasonably priced and can be ordered through

What are some foods to consider to work toward a more alkaline and acidic balance?  The Acid Alkaline Food Guide suggests to eat fresh fruit and dark, leafy vegetables, drink spring water with high mineral content, prepare fresh green juices, eat root vegetables such as yams, turnips, sweet potatoes, consume lentils, organic oats, quinoa, wild rice and to include lemon or lime in water as a breakfast drink.


An Undetected ACID-ALKALINE Imbalance WARNING: Acid Waste and Trapped Proteins Are Damaging Your Lymphatic System, Creating Illness and Disease!  By John Ossipinsky LMT, CST-D, LLCC


This is another interesting source that also examines pH.  What I found quite significant was when the author states that when we are examined by physicians, they routinely take our temperature and check blood pressure.  However, they should, in addition, measure pH, or the acid-alkaline level of our bodies so illness or wellness can be fully detected.  This source stressed activating the lymphatic system through massage therapy to clean the skin, organs and lymphatic nodes which improves circulation, detoxification and health.  Also says that bathing in Epsom salt will help to open the lymph flow and blood circulation by alkalizing and detoxing the body.

It confirms also that being out of balance with an acidic/toxic body can eventually lead to cancer, heart disease, candida, lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, hyperactivity, eczema, allergies, earaches, constipation, digestive problems, acne, aggressive behavior, tight muscles, depression, anxiety, headaches, sinus problems, fatigue, inability to think clearly bloating, insomnia, obesity, osteoporosis, etc.  Eating SAD and being on medications can lead to these conditions.

It states that to cure acidosis, it is best to eat green foods, lessen stress and improve circulation.  It also recommends the importance of regular exercise.  Included is a helpful Acid-Alkaline Food Chart.  States that we need to re-examine the high level need for protein in our daily diets.  It recommends less protein and to consume protein from vegetables and other plant based foods. There are checklists for raising the health levels of children and for healthy pregnancy.

It also states that in 2003 it was projected that one in three persons would be diagnosed with cancer.  The key is to establish an acid-alkaline balance and to work with the lymphatic system to prevent this illness.


Here are unedited steps from this source that will lead to a healthier lifestyle:

5 steps to Balance pH, Activate the Lymphatic System and Create Optimal Health

1.  Learn Your Warning Signs of Toxicity. Find out if you are “Out of Balance” by testing your saliva and urine pH and learn your warning signs of toxicity in your body.

2.  Green-Up Your Diet “80/20 Rule.” Eat an 80% Alkaline and 20% Acid Diet.  Learn the benefits of taking nutritional supplements, alkalizing products and systemic enzymes.

3.  Increase Your Circulation:  Daily Exercise, Deep Breathing, Alkaline Water, and Good Posture.

4.  Stress Reduction:  Receive a massage and try daily meditation to relax and increase your blood flow.

5.  Manual Lymphatic System Detoxification – The Real Key to Optimal Health: Lymph Drainage Therapy, Lymphatic Cellular Detox Massage or Self-Lymphatic Activation.


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